In October 2014, an accident occurred in Oxon Hill, Maryland, that claimed the lives of five individuals.
According to prosecutors in Prince George’s County, the man is accused of killing three adults and two children when he was speeding and crashed into a vehicle that was stopped a light. The vehicle that was struck carried four individuals. All were killed when their vehicle was shoved into a utility pole.
The man who was reportedly drunk also caused the death of an individual in the car he was driving. The driver is facing five counts of negligent manslaughter.
In Maryland, the possible penalties for negligent manslaughter are up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. However, a civil lawsuit can also be filed against the allegedly intoxicated driver by the family members of those who died in the crash.
The civil lawsuit will allow the families of the victims to pursue compensation for the loss of their loved ones. The damages can include medical and final expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and loss of financial support. If the man had insurance, it is possible that the insurance company could offer a settlement to the family members to keep the civil lawsuits from moving forward.
If your loved one is involved in a car accident and your loved one loses his or her life, you have a right to seek compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you learn more about your legal options for seeking compensation from the party responsible for the crash.
Source: baltimoresun.com, “Man To Stand Trial For 2014 Crash That Killed 5 Near DC,” Kenneth Kelley, March 27, 2017